Here’s a look at five things to watch when No. 2 Michigan State faces Oakland on Saturday in the Hitachi College Basketball Showcase at Little Caesars Arena in Detroit (2:30 p.m./ESPNU).
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It’s been a while since Cassius Winston got to play in his hometown. That’s why Michigan State’s sophomore guard is looking forward to Saturday’s game against Oakland at Little Caesars Arena. “It’s gonna be a great environment,” Michigan State’s Miles Bridges said. “I’m happy that Cassius gets to go home.”
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Michigan State’s men’s basketball team is back in action after a week off during final exams, traveling to play Oakland at Little Caesars Arena in Detroit. Tipoff is slated for 2:30 p.m. The game will air live on ESPNU, with Clay Matvick calling the play-by-play and Brooke Weisbrod serving as the color analyst. The Spartan Sports Network radio call can be heard on one of 38 affiliates and on the web at SpartanSportsNetwork.com, with Will Tieman handling the play-by-play and Matt Steigenga serving as the color analyst. The game can also be heard on Sirius 119 or XM 196.
After taking a break for finals, the Spartans hit the road, taking on East Tennessee State on Saturday, Dec. 16 at 7 p.m. Michigan State has won two of its last three games, including a dominating win over Rhode Island, 82-38, on Dec. 9.
The annual Michigan State versus Oakland basketball matchup is upon us and the Spartans may be better than Greg Kampe has seen. The Grizzlies come into the matchup with a 6-4 record and a recent loss to Eastern Michigan and the Spartans are 9-1 and ranked No. 2 in the country.
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Michigan State’s rowing program wrapped up a very productive fall season to go alongside a successful campaign for all of MSU Athletics. MSU’s fall season coincided with several impressive showings for Spartan fall teams, and rowing coach Matt Weise believes that witnessing the success of all Spartan teams helps to motivate his rowers into competing at a high level.
A year ago, goalie Drew DeRidder was playing for the Cedar Rapids RoughRiders in the United States Hockey League. The RoughRiders were in a rebuilding mode, not winning many games and DeRidder was facing about 30-40 shots a game. There were some tough nights. But DeRidder loved it. The experience made him a better goalie.
On this edition of Behind the Mask, Jason, Jacob and Andrew welcome MSU hockey play-by-play voice Scott Moore to the show to recap the first semester of Spartan hockey under new coach Danton Cole.The guys talk to Scott about his thoughts and takeaways after Michigan State’s 5-0 victory over the Wolverines at Munn, the first such victory since 2014.
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The 2018 recruiting class is shaping up quite nicely for the Michigan State Spartans. And perhaps there is no player more highly-touted in the class or the state of Michigan than four-star cornerback, Kalon Gervin.
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Michigan State players made their first trip to Little Caesars Arena in Detroit last Friday when they took in a Detroit Pistons game against the Golden State Warriors. They’ll make their second trip this Saturday, when they play Oakland as part of a college basketball doubleheader at the new arena. They hope to make a third trip in March to play their first two NCAA Tournament games.
Chris Frey recalls early in his freshman season the Michigan State coaching staff cranking up the heat inside the Duffy Daugherty Building practice facility to get the team acclimated for a sweltering September game at Oregon. Later that year, the defense prepared for Baylor’s tempo in the Cotton Bowl by facing a play every 10 seconds, with three offensive units ready to snap the ball.
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The Spartans have three defensive linemen committed to the class in Parks Gissinger, Jacob Slade and Zach Slade, all 3-star prospects in the 247Sports composite. Over the weekend, all three were on campus, as was another high school senior who could fill a spot in the class: Tennessee Pututau.
Season review and a preview of the 40th Holiday Bowl matchup against Washington State
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From 2011 to 2015, Branden Dawson was one of the key players for the Michigan State University men’s basketball team. A native of Gary, Indiana, Dawson came from little, but he was blessed with the ability to play basketball. He is MSU’s career blocks leader with 142, fifth in career starts, sixth in career steals and seventh in career rebounds. Dawson is also one of just three players in MSU history with 1,000 career points and 100 career blocks, joining Draymond Green and Adreian Payne.
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In the past, when Michigan State was preparing to play a team that might be seen as an underdog, Tom Izzo would typically go to one of his old standby catchphrases to describe what the Spartans would be up against. “It will be Christmas, New Year’s and the Fourth of July,” Izzo has said more than a few times.
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Michigan State’s men’s basketball team hits the road tomorrow in advance of the team’s game at Little Caeser’s Arena in Detroit on Saturday, Dec. 16 against Oakland. Tipoff for the game is slated for 2:30 p.m. The 90-mile bus ride to Detroit will be one of the team’s shortest road trips of the season, but it’s also a chance for several Spartans to play in their hometown. It’s also a chance to play against a team nearly every player knows well and in a brand-new arena.
Senior defender Jimmy Fiscus, senior midfielder Ken Krolicki and redshirt-junior goalkeeper Jimmy Hague were all named to the United Soccer Coaches Scholar All-America team on Thursday.Both Fiscus and Krolicki were named to the first team, while Hague earned second-team honors. The trio were the only players from the Big Ten recognized. This is the first USC Scholar All-America honor for all three.